Why Are Construction Sites Dangerous?
By nature, construction sites are dangerous places to work, and even the most safety-conscious workers are vulnerable to injury. Scaffolds and structures can collapse, explosions can occur, machines can fail, cranes can tip over, and chemicals can spill. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one in five workers killed in 2015 were in construction.
Causes of Construction Accidents
The most common causes included:
- Strikes by objects
- Getting caught in-between compressed objects or equipment
The OSHA has termed these accidents the “fatal four.” If eliminated, over 600 American lives could be saved each year.
How Do They Happen?
Unfortunately, many of these accidents are the result of someone else's negligence, whether that be:
- Lack of training
- Poor signage
- Poor supervision
In these situations, we will work tirelessly on your behalf to ensure all responsible parties are held accountable.
Mr. Kadlec has successfully secured significant compensation for work injury victims, and he is ready to go to trial to collect the damages you deserve.
Common Injuries Suffered
Construction accidents can cause serious and often permanent injuries, including:
- Amputation of limbs, fingers, and toes
- Broken bones
- Loss of vision
- Loss of hearing
- Paralysis or spinal cord injuries
- Toxic exposure to chemicals
- Post-traumatic stress
Often, these injuries require ongoing medical care, including surgery and physical therapy, home modifications, and at-home services, resulting in a significant financial burden on victims and their families.
Damages Awarded to Victims
Construction accident litigation can be complex because multiple parties can be held responsible in an accident. Liable entities include:
- Employers must take all reasonable measures to provide a safe working environment for their employees. Should they fail to do so, they can be held liable for an injury.
- Property Owner
- If there is a dangerous condition on the property and the owner fails to address it, they can be held legally responsible for any injuries that occur.
- If a defective machine or tool was directly responsible for an accident, the manufacturer can be found liable.
Regardless of who is at fault, you could receive restitution in the form of lost wages, lost earning potential, past and future medical expenses, and pain and suffering.